An energy company has been given permission to appeal against a decision to stop it building three wind turbines.
Residents of Morwenstow, near Bude in North Cornwall, said they are disappointed and angry at a planning inspector’s decision to allow an appeal.
Developer West Coast Energy had applied to build three 81m-high wind turbines in the parish, but at a North Cornwall District Council meeting last March, planning permission was rejected by 12 votes to one.
Now a Government inspector has decided, after a seven-day inquiry in Bude in February, to allow the appeal.
John Moxey, chairman of campaign group Morwenstow Against Turbines (MAT) said that, if built, the turbines would be only 5km from the Bradworthy wind farm in North Devon.
Mr Moxey said campaign groups in America had suggested that, on a coastal plateau, turbines should be 10km apart.
He said he believed there had been anomalies in the report, such as describing the proposals as “small-scale” turbines and said there were nine species of bats living in the proposed area, some of them rare.
Mr Moxey said: “We are shocked, angry and disappointed. We have autistic children who would be affected by the rotation. There is no doubt this is a political decision.”
He said the campaign group would be seeking legal advice with a view to mounting a High Court judicial review.
27 March 2008
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